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I am Legend

April 21, 2009

What Is It?

Will Smith stars in this book adaption that seems to be, from the credits, more of a remake of the 1971 film adaptation, Omega Man, with Charlton Heston. This is a big budget thriller about a man who is the last living, healthy survivor of a world wide plague. He hunts deer and plays golf through the abandoned streets of New York that are starting to turn green with weeds and grass. Beyond the loss of all human companionship, the down side to this, is that the virus has turned the world’s population into zombie vampires who can only come out at night and feed on any blood they can get. While living in this frightening situation, with his dog, Robert Neville (Smith) is continuing his research to find a cure for this disease. When not studying his infected rats or protecting himself from zombie vampires, he goes to the video store to return one movie and rent another while having small talk with the mannequin patrons he has apparently set around the stores, as shoppers. Sort of a more thought out “Wilson” (Castaway).

How Was It?

This is what I call the “Thinking Man’s Shallow Movie”. Somewhere between the amusement park ride films like “Cellular” and “Collateral” and the spiritually deep “Exorcism of Emily Rose” lies “I Am Legend.” Right up front the movie lets you know that very often, something is going to jump out at you. By stealthily waiting for the moment after you though it would happen, even after you have figured out this formula, it continues to keep you tense and make you jump, however, this is not just a cheap walk through a scare house on film. Though the story is straight forward, the presentation of the information keeps you engaged and thinking… while waiting for the next thing to jump out at you. (Aerial shots become a welcome “breather”) There are also great touches like having the movie “Shrek” showing on Nevil’s TV, and the scene between Donkey and Shrek actually explains the scene you are watching.

I am not a Will Smith fan, but after “I Robot” and the excellent performance in this film I may be coming around. We see his family and quarantining of NY in flash backs, but Smith is able to be just as touching when saying good-bye to his wife (Salli Richardson) and daughter (Willow Smith) , as he is discussing his birthday with his dog.

My heart rate was still noticeably “up” after we had left the theater.

Is It Good For Kids?

Outside of one little freak out with the word “hell” used as an exclamatory and not a noun, there is no cussing, no sex, no inappropriately dressed people, and no messages you would need to shield your children from. There is a character who uses “God” as a cuss word, but the response to the line is an explanation about God, Himself.

What is concerning for children are the “hives” of sub human zombie vampires coming to kill the main character. Where this may not cause your children to have incorrect world views, it could keep them up with nightmares. (In the theater, I did see a boy, probably around 8-10 years old, and his mom leave after the first couple of scenes, seemingly at the boys request.) It does not contain overt amounts of gore, but the Zombie Vampires are gross to look at and there are a couple of disturbing scenes with the dog, including a Zombie attack, that would be upsetting for children to see.

For a complete break down of what is on the screen, check out

-Under “ has more words than I caught. I’m guessing they occur during the flash backs of people trying to escape New York before the military quarantines the city. Thus, it would be in the background amongst confusion and noise and not said by a character we would find influential. They also say that it only had 3 “jump scenes”. I think they lost count.

What About Spiritual Issues?

In the beginning of the film you see Neville drive by a bunch of posters with the hands from the Cistene chapel and the words “God Still Cares.” Then on his refrigerator is a magazine cover with his picture and the word “Savior?” It seems he added the question mark himself. In the flash back scene Neville’s wife prays for him (specifically to God) with his daughter before they part. In one scene Neville points out that “God didn’t do this, we did.” A wonderful attitude about God versus our evil decisions. All of this sets you up too look for this “unseen character” to intervene throughout the film.

Neville does talk about “Bob Marlie” in one scene. The things he says about him fit into the film and help explain the main character. They play “Three Little Birds” through the movie and “Redemption Song” in the credits. The slight problem here is that the things they say about Marlie are true but they leave out that he was also an evangelist for a cult that believed in the Old Testament and that the then King of Ethiopia was the promised Messiah and not Jesus. The movie itself leaves no room for that interpretation of Messiah but I though it worth noting. Neville does hold up a Bob Marlie CD and proclaims it “The best album ever.” The CD is “Legend”.


He meets another survivor (Alice Braga) who is going to a refuge that God told her is out there. She believes that God had orchestrated her meeting with Neville.

(Even MORE of a SPOILER)

The movie ends (seriously, don’t read this part if you are going to see it anyway.) Robert declares that he can now hear God, sends out a vile of blood that will “save” man kind and offers help to sick people who instead try to kill him. If all of this is not Christ like enough, Robert ends up giving up his own life to ensure that the blood will save humanity. (Making him a “Type of Christ” and “The Freedom Bringer” When the refuge is found, the doors of the compound are open to reveal a beautiful country town (in contrast to the urban jungle of NY) with the main street leading to a church. Ultimately this film offers many clear pictures of the Gospel.

What Is Your Recommendation?

If you can handle some tense action and enjoy a good thrill ride, this movie offers it all, without the immoral baggage.

Even more than that, if you bring a friend with you, this film brings up many opportunities to discuss the One who gave His blood for us to save us from only half living, in pain and evil

I Am Legend


Mix Music for the Very Young

April 19, 2009

I am a parent of children under the age of 3. Thus much of the “entertainment” I question is for them. There is a “kids book” post on its way, but for now… I make mix cds for them in the car. I want to use the cds to have fun in the car as well as exposing them to many stiles of music and giving them lyrics that are innocent to good for them. (Some times it’s just clips of things I think it would be fun if they started saying.) All while making sure it is nothing that will make me retch.

Thus it also ranges from kids music to “regular” music, so there may be something for everyone here.

This is the track listing of the disc that just went in the car:

Let us know what you think.

  1. Dragnet intro
  2. The Shortest Song in the Universe

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  3. Joshua 24:15
  4. books of the Old Testament Song
  5. books of the  NewTestament Song
  6.  Gingerbread man by Tunebuggy
  7. klaatu barada nikto from

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

  8. The Cheese Rap
  9. Tiger by William Blake from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  10.  William Blake by Erin Echo from

    When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos
  11. Symphony No. 41 in C, 

    Baby Einstein 

  12. Gavotta. Non troppo allegro – Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  13. Barnyard Dance LISTEN

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  14. Snuggle Puppy sung by Eric Stoltz LISTEN

    Philadelphia Chickens

    Sandra Boynton

  15. Lordy Child (Say ABBA) (Romans 8:15)

    1956 Soul Junk

  16. Books I like to read from

    Fascinating Creatures

    Frances England

  17. Frodo’s Song in Bree READ BY J.R.R. Tolkien! from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  18. Elephant Swing by Beau Young from Wild Aninmalz
  19. Not much of a tail
  20.  Screen Door (Rich Mullins cover)

    Emperor’s New Band

    This Train

  21. Red Will Dye These Snows of Silver

    The Otherly Opus

    Joy Electric

  22.  Fur Elise, Woo 59 –

    Baby Beethoven

    Baby Einstein

  23. old testement bible dance WTB – Amnesia CD – Old Testament

    Walk Thru the Old Testament

  24. Gospel Bible Dance (This was a free MP3 down load. I am still trying to find the link again.)
  25.  Trust (Reprise) (Proverbs 3:4-6)
  26. Three Little Birds –

    You Are My Little Bird

    Elizabeth Mitchell

  27. But for You Who Fear My Name (Malachi 4:2)

    Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

    The Welcome Wagon

  28. Barve Strong Song

  29. Speed Turtle Brian Wilson LISTEN

  30. Blue Moo

    Sandra Boynton

  31. Conjunction Junction

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  32. The Four-Legged Zoo

    Schoolhouse Rock! 

  33. peoplego.mp3

  34. may my toung be stuck up on the roof of my mouth (Colossians 2:20-22)



    Soul-Junk – 1955

  35. filled the hungry with good things

    Download MP3 from

  36. What We Have Learned

    Veggie Tales